The difference between a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) project and hiring a professional service provider can be more than a few dollars. When it comes to mold remediation and electrical work, there are several factors that should affect your decision to hire a professional. As long as you pay very close attention to detail, many projects can be DIY. However, when it comes to mold and electrical work, a lot can go wrong, and the consequences for mistakes can be dire. Our PROs understand that you can do some things yourself, but they also want you to be safe when completing tasks.
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To help make the decision to DIY or to hire a PRO when it comes to mold remediation and electrical work, we’ve outlined a few projects that require an expert and a few you can safely complete yourself. When in doubt, contact a professional home service provider and save yourself the time and undue concern.
DIY Mold Remediation
DIY mold projects can be dangerous if done incorrectly. However, preventing mold is something we all can and should do. Monitor the humidity levels in your home. A hygrometer is a little tool with a display that can be used to help you measure the relative humidity in your home. High humidity provides the perfect breeding ground for mold. Additionally, our experts recommend using a MERV 10 filter. This particular filter rating can help catch harmful pollutants in your home.
It is equally important to watch for mold “hot spots.” These are high-moisture areas that are perfect for mold growth. If you find one, be sure avoid using a fan on the effected area. The fan can actually cause spores to spread through the air, putting you at greater risk for contaminating other parts of your home.
PRO Mold Remediation
To keep you and your home safe most mold projects should really be left to a PRO. A mold specialist can easily tackle a difficult area using specialty equipment made for mold remediation. Professionals use products that are made to clean, kill, and encapsulate the mold. It’s best not to rely on bleach or other potentially toxic chemicals you find at the local hardware store. If the mold spores remain, there is a chance that it can resurface.
In addition to having the right equipment and knowledge for battling mold, professionals are also adept at checking spaces you may have neglected. For example, crawl spaces or basements are perfect hiding places for mold and mold spores. Often they are dark and have moisture building up but aren’t regularly checked by homeowners. There are many tell-tale signs of mold PROs know to look for and can address before they become issues.
DIY Electrical Work
Professionals recommend exercising extreme caution when it comes to DIY electrical projects. There are a few tasks that you can easily manage yourself as long as you are meticulous. One of the first things you should do before ever attempting an electrical project is turn off the power switch. Cutting the power at the switch, or using the circuit panel is important for safety. Whether you are changing a light bulb or replacing a ceiling fan, keep the power switch off while you work.
Another easy fix you can DIY, is resetting a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets when the power gets tripped. This device it is constantly monitoring the electrical flow of a circuit, to sense any loss of current. It exists to protect people from electrical shock. Our PROs recommend resetting your outlets when trouble arises by pushing the “reset” button on the outlet if it has one.
PRO Electrical Work
There are certain electrical projects that should NEVER be attempted by anyone other than a professional. Electric currents are not visible but can be very dangerous or even fatal if you aren’t careful.
Our PROs recommend adhering to a few hard and fast rules when it comes to electrical work. For example, do not remove your breaker panel for any reason. A removed panel can lead to electrocution or serious injury if not handled correctly. Additionally, if you believe you have an issue with your outside electric meter, don’t attempt to troubleshoot it yourself. Interfering with this meter can also cause serious injuries or electrocution. For issues with your electrical system that aren’t straightforward contact a PRO.
Knowing When to DIY vs PRO
DIY projects can be the perfect solution for some repairs, but safety is more important. Be aware of your limitations. A vetted, licensed, and insured professional will complete your project in less time, without incident.
If you keep putting off your DIY projects or simply aren’t sure where to start, contact a Jonny PRO. We’ll connect you with mold remediation professionals or expert electricians to take care of your home repair needs. Enjoy the new season and worry less about home projects with Jonny On It in your pocket.